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Heart of darkness ; and, the secret agent

Author: Joseph Conrad
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1997.
Series: New York Public Library collector's edition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In Heart of Darkness, Conrad attempts to come to terms with the brutal and exploitative nature of the European colonization of Africa, using as a backdrop the bloody history of the Congo Free State. His narrator, Marlow, travels into the heart of the Congo to retrieve Mr. Kurtz, a promising young agent who has disappeared into the bush. Throughout Marlow's harrowing journey, Conrad maintains an unflinching focus on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924.
Heart of darkness.
New York : Doubleday, 1997
(OCoLC)605451799
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Conrad
ISBN: 0385487282 9780385487283
OCLC Number: 37107136
Description: xxxiii, 365 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Heart of darkness --
The secret agent.
Series Title: New York Public Library collector's edition.
Other Titles: Secret agent.
Heart of darkness, and, The secret agent
Responsibility: Joseph Conrad.

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In Heart of Darkness, Conrad attempts to come to terms with the brutal and exploitative nature of the European colonization of Africa, using as a backdrop the bloody history of the Congo Free State. His narrator, Marlow, travels into the heart of the Congo to retrieve Mr. Kurtz, a promising young agent who has disappeared into the bush. Throughout Marlow's harrowing journey, Conrad maintains an unflinching focus on the crassness and avarice of which human society is capable, ultimately revealing that "the horror" Kurtz fears lies within us all. If the brilliance of Heart of Darkness lies in Conrad's ability to express the unspoken truths of imperialism in Africa, The Secret Agent captures the spirit of the times a little closer to Conrad's own home. Wedding the suspense of the detective novel to an exploration of a tense and troubled period of great social upheaval, the novella centers on a tale of intrigue set in London's political underground. Presented together in this Collector's Edition, Heart of Darkness and The Secret Agent provide a satisfying glimpse of the range and power of Conrad's artistic vision.

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